Kinect: Microsoft has produced a game-changer, but not yet (The Guardian)
The console is pricey and some games are flawed, but it is undeniably impressive and filled with potential, says Mike Anderiesz.
Web browsing takes a social turn (The New York Times)
A new browser from RockMelt integrates sites like Twitter and Facebook and makes it simple to keep in touch with friends also logged in.
Look upon MySpace, Facebook, and despair (Financial Times)
Facebook keeps powering its way toward an initial public offering as the winner of the battle for dominance among social networks. John Gapper wonders how worried Mark Zuckerberg, its founder, is when he considers the ranks of his fallen rivals.
Cloudstreams: The next cloud integration challenge (Gartner)
Daryl Plummer introduces a term to describe a solid trend in cloud computing integration – Cloudstreams. It will come as no surprise to those of you who have spoken to him, he says, that this trend lays in the domain of cloud services brokerage.
Google points finger at Facebook hypocrisy, blocks Gmail import (Ars Technica)
Facebook has long been a one-way valve. You put data in so you can connect with friends, and then you can’t get it out and use it the way you would like to, even as the company is trying to corner the market on your identity. And Thursday night Google called out its rival on such data-portability hypocrisy: It banned the huge social network from allowing its users to connect their Gmail contacts to see who among them are also on Facebook to get the friending frenzy started.